Sec. 14-236. - Definitions.
   The following definitions apply in this division:
   Comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan, land-use plan, small-area plans, neighborhood plans, transportation plan, capital-improvement plan, official map, and/or any other plans regarding land use and development that have been officially adopted by the governing board.
   Developer. A person, company, or other entity, including a governmental agency or redevelopment authority, that intends to undertake any development and who has a legal or equitable interest in the property to be developed.
   Development. The planning for or carrying out of a building activity, the making of a material change in the use or appearance of any structure or property, or the dividing of land into two or more parcels. "Development", as designated in a law or development permit, includes the planning for, and all other activity customarily associated with, that activity, use or appearance, and/or division of land, unless otherwise specified. When appropriate to the context, "development" refers to the planning for or the act of developing or to the result of development. Reference to a specific operation is not intended to mean that the operation or activity, when part of other operations or activities, is not development. Reference to particular operations is not intended to limit the generality of this item.
   Development permit. A building permit, zoning permit, subdivision approval, special or conditional use permit, variance, or any other official action of Johnston County having the effect of permitting the development of property.
   Governing body. The Board of County Commissioners of Johnston County.
   Land development regulations. Ordinances and regulations enacted by the appropriate governing body for the regulation of any aspect of development and includes zoning, subdivision, or any other land development ordinances.
   Laws. All ordinances, resolutions, regulations, comprehensive plans, land development regulations, policies, and rules adopted by Johnston County affecting the development of property, and includes laws governing permitted uses of the property, density, design, and improvements.
   Local government. Johnston County and any other regulatory entity that exercises authority over and/or grants development permits for land development or that provides public facilities.
   Local planning board. Any planning board established pursuant to G.S. 153A-321.
   Person. An individual, corporation, business or land trust, estate, trust, partnership, association, two or more persons having a joint or common interest, state agency, or any legal entity.
   Property. All real property subject to land-use regulation by Johnston County and includes any improvements or structures customarily regarded as a part of real property.
   Public facilities. Major capital improvements, including, but not limited to, transportation, sanitary sewer, solid waste, drainage, potable water, educational, parks and recreational, and health systems and facilities.
(Amend, of 7-10-2006(1))